Omaha, NE — One person was killed and another was injured in a hit-and-run accident in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The accident took place at the intersection of 75th and Maple streets around 2:30 in the morning.
Police identified Justin Ayers as the man responsible for the accident. He rear-ended a vehicle being driven by Stephen Gasso at the intersection of 80th and Maple streets and continued driving down the street, where he rear-ended another vehicle being driven by Kathleen Benes. The collision forced her vehicle across the median and into the oncoming lane of traffic, where it was hit by a pickup truck.
Benes was killed in the accident. Teresa Schultz was injured and taken to Nebraska Medicine for treatment. It’s not clear which vehicle Schultz was in at the time.
Police found Ayers about four blocks away from the accident. Grasso had blocked him inside a parking space until authorities arrived. He was arrested and charged with leaving the scene, a personal injury accident resulting in death, DUI, and reckless driving.
Police are continuing to investigate. They say that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.